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MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics (4 years)

Aeronautics and Astronautics brings together advanced engineering across a range of disciplines with applications in air vehicle specification, design and construction.

Year 1 & 2 in Malaysia Campus and Year 3 & 4 in the UK campus

Introducing your degree

This integrated masters programme gives you the opportunity to study a more extensive range of aerospace subjects at advanced level than the BEng course. In your first two years, you will gain a solid foundation in aerospace engineering such as aerodynamics, astronautics and propulsion along with a wider appreciation of the economic, legal and environmental issues associated with aircraft operations and aircraft performance. In your final two years you can choose from a broad range of subjects, including modern languages.



Our MEng is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the UK’s Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. This accreditation is recognised by engineering boards around the world, including the Board of Engineers Malaysia via the international agreement known as the Washington Accord. Our BEng is accredited for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Programme Structure

The University uses the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) to indicate the approximate amount of time a typical student can expect to spend in order to complete successfully a given module or programme. 1 ECTS indicates around 20 nominal hours of study. Previously, Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points were used for this purpose where 1 CATS credit was 10 nominal hours of study. You will study modules comprising 120 credits (60 ECTS) in your first three years and 150 credits (75 ECTS) in your fourth year. Each module is a self-contained part of the programme of study and carries a credit rating.

Should you choose to exit this programme after successfully completing three years of study, you will be eligible for a BEng qualification. The BEng route develops the same core skills as the MEng, however by choosing the MEng you will study a more extensive range of subjects at an advanced level.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

  • You will work on design activities that relate theory to practice and combine analytical skills and creativity in the solution of real engineering problems.
  • A group aircraft (or spacecraft) design exercise is completed in Year 3.
  • In Year 4, you will participate in a Group Design Project (GDP). These projects are often linked to current research activities or topics that have practical relevance to industry.
  • 5th in the UK for Aeronautics and Astronautics (The Complete University Guide 2018)
The Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Computational Engineering Design and the Airbus Noise Technology Centre are based at the University

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEEnglish Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
A Levels:
GCE A-level

A*AA (A*A in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical)

GCE A-level and EPQ A*AB (A*A in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification

International Baccalaureate38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics
English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.

Entry Qualifications for Undergraduate Courses
Qualification Our standard offers are listed below but where we have places available, students may be admitted with slightly lower grades
Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia
AA in Maths and Physics plus A in one other subject.
Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautics), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) First year entry with minimum GPA of 3.4
UEC Unified Examination Certificate- Senior Middle Level Students studying science track in English with 5As including maths I maths II and physics and not including maths, art, Chinese, Malay.
Australia - Year 12 ATAR minimum score of 98% (no rounding up) - excellent Maths & Physics grades
Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) Minimum of 310 overall with 80% average in maths and physics and subject to attending an extended technical induction programme.
UTAR Foundation Year Overall GPA of 3.67 with A in Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Mechanics and Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism
HELP Foundation Year in Science Distinction overall (75-84) and high distinction (85-100) in either engineering maths or calculus, with distinction (75-84) in the other and distinction (75-84) in both physics modules.
South Australian Matriculation (SAM) ATAR minimum score of 98% (no rounding up) - excellent Maths & Physics grades.
AUSMAT Australian Matriculation ATAR minimum score of 98% (no rounding up) - excellent Maths & Physics grades.
Canadian Pre-University (CPU/CIMP) Where this is structured equivalently to the equivalent Ontario High School Diploma students would need 6 U or U/C courses with an overall average of at least 98% including excellent maths and physics.
US High School Diploma plus Advanced Placement (AP) 5.5 in Calculus BC and Physics 1 or C (Mechanics) plus 1 group A subject (see list). This should be combined with a good High School Graduation Diploma (GPA minimum 3.85)
Scottish Advanced Highers / Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers - AAA including Mathematics and Physics Or Scottish Advanced Highers – AA (Mathematics and Physics) and Scottish Highers AA (non-compulsory subjects)

Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate, A*A in GCE A Levels, Mathematics and Physics with a pass in physics practical
Cambridge Pre-U D2D3D3 with D2D3 in either Mathematics or Physics and D3 in third subject


Distinction overall with distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
Access to HE Diploma Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
European Baccalaureate 85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate AAAAA including A in Mathematics and Physics
French Baccalaureate 15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics

All applicants must meet the English Language requirement

Many other qualifications are accepted, please contact us for information.

Contextual offers


The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is AAB (AA in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in the Physics practical) from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.



Selection process:

As well as 'A' levels (as awarded in the UK secondary education system) we will accept an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University for entry to our courses.


This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The first two years of our courses provide a solid, focused, foundation for the design and operation of air vehicles and spacecraft. You will follow a core set of modules before specialising in your chosen area in the third and fourth years.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

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Year 1

The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising aerospace engineering aspects.

All modules below are CORE and total 60 ECTS (120 CATS). No optional modules will be undertaken in Part 1. All modules in Part I are taught over two semesters with formal examinations at the end of semester 2. Feedback on progress is provided throughout the year in many ways including via laboratory work, example sheets, tests and coursework.

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer Scheme
   CATS - Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme

Semester One
FEEG1001Credit: 30
FEEG1003Credit: 15
Semester Two
FEEG1001Credit: 30
FEEG1003Credit: 15

Year 2

The second year covers the main Aeronautics and Astronautics subjects with modules tailored to the discipline. The modules total 60 ECTS (120 CATS) across two semesters. Towards the end of Year 2 you have the opportunity to select the specialist or interdisciplinary theme that you will follow in Years 3 and 4 (MEng only, see Part III for details), as well as your Year 3 Individual Project.

Modules at level 5 totalling 60 ECTS; all modules are compulsory

Semester One
FEEG2001Credit: 15
SESA2022Credit: 15
SESA2024Credit: 15
Semester Two
FEEG2001Credit: 15
FEEG2005Credit: 15
SESA2023Credit: 15
SESA2025Credit: 15

Year 3

In the third year the course includes an individual project, and allows students to undertake some of our specialist modules in aerodynamics, astronautics, materials, etc.

Students can choose this year 30 credits to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from our wide range of specialist modules. Please refer to the Aeronautics and Astronautics Programme Specification document or to the Modules page for a comprehensive list of available modules.

Semester One
FEEG3003Credit: 30
SESA3029Credit: 15
SESA3030Credit: 15
FEEG3003Credit: 30
Semester Two
FEEG3003Credit: 30
SESA3026Credit: 15
FEEG3003Credit: 30

Year 4

Group Design Project

Semester One
LAWS3130Credit: 15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
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Scholarships and bursaries are available at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus.

Funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

University of Southampton degrees are highly valued by employers and studying at both our Malaysia and Southampton Campuses will equip you with the skills to operate globally.

Our Aeronautics and Astronautics degrees open up a wide range of exciting career opportunities. Previous graduate jobs have included aerospace engineer, pilot, race car designer, IT and management consultant, software and systems engineer, as well as roles in research and postgraduate study.

Organisations employing our Aeronautics and Astronautics graduates include: AgustaWestland, Airbus, Aston Martin, BAE Systems, Boeing, British Airways, Dyson, DSTL, EADS Astrium, ESA, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lockheed Martin, QinetiQ, Red Bull Racing, Rolls-Royce, Siemens.

Among our many successful Aeronautics and Astronautics graduates is Adrian Newey, who has worked as an F1 designer for Williams and McLaren, and is now the chief technical officer of Red Bull F1 racing team. Top motor racing teams look to Southampton for the best new aerodynamics talent for the future.


Learning & Assessment

Educational aims of the programme

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide you with a sound understanding of the fundamental principles, methods, analysis and synthesis in engineering design and applications appropriate to the discipline of Aeronautics & Astronautics (known generically elsewhere as aerospace engineering).
  • Provide you with a range of specialist modules integrated within the structured learning environment, reflecting the internationally-renowned research expertise within the Faculty, in order to broaden and deepen your educational experience.
  • Train you to enable you to become professional aerospace engineers that meet the educational requirements of the Engineering Council (i.e. UK-SPEC) and to have a broad range of knowledge and skills (including those in IT and communication) capable of meeting the present and future demands of industry and commerce.
  • Offer you a degree structure that is relevant to industry and responsive to changes in technology and the needs of the community.
  • Provide you with a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment that encourages an attitude of independent learning and enquiry, and fosters an ethos of lifetime learning and professional development.
  • Offer you a range of individual and group projects and assignments which are supported by the research activities within the Faculty and stimulate individual innovation, self-assessment and teamwork skills required in engineering design.

Teaching and learning methods

Having successfully completed this programme you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

1. Mathematics and science that are relevant to aerospace engineering.

2. The fundamental concepts, principles and theories of aerospace engineering and an appreciation of their limitations.

3. Detailed knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts and principles relevant to the practice of aerospace engineering.

4. The principles of engineering design and manufacture and their application to conceptual and detailed design.

5. Information and communication technology relevant to the practice of aerospace engineering.

6. Management and business practices that are relevant to the Aerospace manufacturing industry Advanced management and business practices that are relevant to the aerospace manufacturing industry.

7. Health and safety issues, risk assessment and regulatory frameworks.

8. The social and professional responsibilities of aerospace engineers.

9. Environmental issues and the importance of aerospace engineering to the quality of the environment.

10. The role of the engineers in society and the constraints within which their engineering judgement will be exercised.

11. Material relevant to your specialist theme at an advanced level.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Acquisition of 1 is through a combination of lectures, tutorials (small group teaching), example classes, laboratory experiments, coursework and projects.

Acquisition of 2 - 5 is through a combination of lectures, tutorials, example classes, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group projects at all Levels.

Acquisition of 6, 7 9 and 11 (MEng only) is through a combination of formal and special lectures, coursework and projects throughout the course. Acquisition of 6 is further enhanced when you opt for the Engineering Management theme.

Acquisition of 8 is through lectures and coursework throughout the programme.

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to use additional recommended reading material for private study to consolidate the formal learning process, and to broaden and deepen your understanding. You are encouraged to become student members of the professional institution, to use their libraries and resources, and attend meetings.

Acquisition of 10 is through the project activities at level 6 (BEng and MEng) and 7.(MEng only).

Assessment methods

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (1, 2, 5, 6, 11) and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises (1-4), laboratory reports (2-4), design exercises (4, 6-9), essays (7-9) and individual and group projects (2-10, 11).


Our research is relevant to your undergraduate course because you will be taught by people who are experts in their area of research. This is especially important for science subjects, where knowledge is advancing rapidly. This is particularly true for your final year. In your third year, you have the opportunity to do group design exercise.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study35%26%17%18%
Independent study65%74%83%82%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment48%61%50%47%
Practical exam assessment20%10%22%35%
Coursework assessment32%29%28%18%



In parts one and two, you will study core Aeronautics and Astronautics topics to give you a strong foundation in the subject. In parts three and four you can follow an interdisciplinary programme or choose to specialise in one of the following pathways (themes):


This programme focuses on aerodynamics theory and practice for the design of vehicles, wings and propulsion systems. It provides excellent preparation for aerodynamics design and research for both the aerospace and F1 industries.

Airvehicle Systems Design

This programme focuses on aeronautic topics, with a particular emphasis on helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, engine design, unmanned air vehicles and avionics. Using a complete vehicle systems approach, you will also learn about modern design, search and optimisation techniques.

Computational Engineering Design

On this degree programme, you will learn about the role of computational methods in aeronautics and astronautics and have the opportunity to apply these cutting-edge methods to new and emerging design challenges.

This programme provides an excellent preparation for many aeronautics and astronautics research areas and for a role as a professional engineer. The first two years are identical to the BEng and MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics.

In years three and four, you will study specialist modules including Aircraft Design, Advanced Computational Methods, Advanced Finite Element Analysis, Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Design Search and Optimisation, Systems Reliability, and Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics.

Engineering Management

This innovative programme is designed to enable professional engineers to progress quickly into key management positions in the aerospace industry. You will develop the technical skills to understand, design and manufacture new products, and the expertise to manage the process, people and finances.

Materials and Structures

This programme focuses on the design of aerospace structures and selection of materials, demonstrating how materials behave in service and the reasons why they sometimes fail.

You will have opportunities to examine a number of case studies in collaboration with our industrial partners. Specialist modules will enable you to develop your skills in the structural analysis of aircraft and spacecraft. This degree is excellent preparation for engineering design and research in this field.

Spacecraft Engineering

This degree is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing a career in the spacecraft industry or undertaking spacecraft-related research. It offers great flexibility for graduates in terms of future career options in the aerospace industry. While retaining the breadth of the MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics programme, in years three and four the emphasis is on the overall system design of spacecraft.

Study Locations

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Malaysia campus

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